Almost too good to be true–but it so is! I made this fun and FAST dollar store bat gnome in just 10 minutes. And he’s just so cute, I can’t help but squee.
Dollar Store Bat Gnome
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are all about getting creative when it comes to making gnomes. One of the ways I like to stay creative is by giving myself the occasional challenge. And this time? Make a halloween gnome in 10 minutes or less from dollar store items ONLY. Um…I felt like maybe this was too much to expect. But I totally pulled it off with this awesome dollar store bat gnome!
He’s one of the most fun little halloween tomte that I’ve made in a long time–and definitely one of the quickest. The best part? He was so super cheap, I’m pretty sure I could make a million of these and never break the bank! (Ok. maybe not a million, but SERIOUSLY!) If you’re ready to make a fun 10 minute gnome for halloween, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make a 10 Minute Gnome
- To make a gnome as quick as you like, start by grabbing all of your supplies and having them at the ready, including all of your tools. I waste so much time when I don’t get myself prepared before I start cutting.
- Let’s talk gnome beards… typically, I use faux fur. But there’s not a whole lot of faux fur options out at the Dollar Tree right now. Maybe around the holidays, if we’re lucky this year. But, with that being said, you can just get creative! I grabbed a furry pillow that had a beard-ish texture, so that I could stay within the parameters of using only things I got at the dollar store. So, look around, grab whatever looks like it might make a beard–even a fluffy sock, a mop–or dusters!
- As I like to do, I made this little vampire gnome a completely no-sew pattern by relying on hot glue to make all the hems. But if you wanted, you could certainly use a sewing machine. So, if you prefer that, feel free, it’s your gnome. No big deal either way–it’s super simple!
How Do I Make this Dollar Store Bat Gnome?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you are a visual learner, follow along with the Dollar Store Bat Gnome video tutorial here.
- 1 Halloween Witch Hat
- 1 Black Sock
- 1 Furry Pillow
- 1 Wooden Bead or Polymer Clay Bead
- 1 Bat Headband
- 1 - 2 cups Weighted Filler (I used poly beads, but you can use rice or beans or even the little dollar store rocks)
- 1 Jar Lid, optional (this was an experiment on my part to make the bottom more flat--it worked, but it's absolutely optional)
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue
- Start making your gnome body by stuffing the jar lid into the bottom of the gnome, flat side down, if you are using the lid. Then fill the sock toe with the weighted filler. Cut the pillow open and remove some of the stuffing, then add 2-3 cups of polyfill from the inside of the pillow to the sock to finish filling out the gnome body. You need tis gnome to be fairly tall to make room for the bat wings, so take this into consideration when filling the gnome, Tie the sock closed and cut off the excess sock fabric. Hot glue the knot of the sock closed.
- Cut off the upper 8-10 inches of the witch hat point. Test the fit on the top of the gnome body and pinch the hat together in the back to mark the width you want the hat to ultimately be.
- Add 1/2-inch to the estimated hat width and cut off the excess. Hot glue the remaining hat piece back together, creating a nice hem line by folding over the two cut edges over onto themselves then gluing them together.
- Fold the edge of the open end of the hat over onto itself toward the inside of the hat, hemming it in place in a nice neat line.
- Tuck the hat down over the body and make sure you like the fit. If the hat is falling over, or you want it to be more full, add polyfill to the hat before moving on. Do not glue the hat down yet.
- Cut out a small beard shape from the covering of the furry pillow. I tried my traditional method of beard cutting by using an exacto knife, but that didn't work, so I just used scissors and was careful not to cut the beard fibers. To determine how big to make my beard I simply laid the filled sock body over the fur and made a "U" shape that would leave fur just about 2/3 of the way down the sock so that the beard would be close to the bottom of the gnome.
- Hot glue the beard onto the gnome body, tucking the edges of the beard over onto itself to hide the edge, if necessary (I felt this was necessary mostly because I didn't like my cutting job with the scissors).
- Hot glue the nose onto the beard, about 1 inch below the top of the beard, parting the beard fur a bit so that the nose is well-affixed.
- Tuck the hat back down onto the gnome head and hot glue the brim in place over the nose with a cute wrinkle (the best part!). Pull the hat down low in the back and hot glue it in place.
- Cut the wings and ears off of the headband carefully, leaving a neat cut line on each element. You can discard the headband itself.
- Glue the wings on either side of the gnome body below the hat. Glue the ears on either side of the gnome body onto the hat so they look like they're poking through.
- And that's it--you can display your gnome because he's ready to go!
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More Dollar Store Gnome Crafts You Might Like
- Dollar Store Sock Gnome with a Mop Beard – Alright, this was my first gnome made with solely dollar store materials (Dollar Tree, but I mean, you can reasonably find everything at any dollar store, I think) and I love him–he’s so perfect!
- Dollar Store Gnome Wreath – This giant gnome face wreath is SO CUTE I love it so much and can’t wait for the holidays to put it out again this year.
- Dollar Store Duster Wreath – Ok. There’s not a gnome on it YET. But that’s a big Y-E-T because it would be so easy to pop a little gnome or gnomette on this wreath.
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